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Letters to the editor

Tough choice

JAY D. MYERS Hughesville I am very perplexed about who to vote for in the 2020 presidential election. On the one hand, we have the incumbent who allegedly committed campaign finance violations in 2016 to pay off a porn star after a sexual encounter four months after the birth of his fifth ...

COVID-19 vs. gun deaths

FRED ERIKSON Williamsport Assuming the current rate of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. continues in one year, we will have over 326,000 total deaths from the virus. According to the CDC, in 2017 (the most recent year for which complete data is available,) 39,773 people died from gun-related ...

History

KEN DAUBER Cogan Station When the president talks about history, it makes me think about some he has made. He says he is the least racist person on Earth, but in the mid-1980s he paid a $200,000 fine when an employee named Kurt Brown testified in a civil hearing that when the Donald and ...

School could open Oct. 5

Why is there a rush to open school? Why not start October 5? By then other school districts will have already tested a variety of ways to reopen and we can learn from their successes or failures. I believe we can determine the start date. If we wait, we can monitor a variety of other ...

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

Recently I placed a political sign supporting Joe Waltz in my yard. As a registered Republican voter, I often display signs for Republican candidates. This time, however, I am supporting Joe Waltz, a Democrat. I was disappointed to notice, after a few days, that my sign disappeared. ...

What a country

In the last three decades, how many African-American men have been murdered by a police officer? Long before President Trump got in office there was a three-decade period of hell on Earth for millions of U.S. citizens. All races in our country lost their jobs. All small and large towns and ...

BLM priorities

People that follow the Black Lives Matter doctrines are not making sense. They’ll tear down statues of people that never affected them. They remove products with black people on the product label but leave TV shows on that depict black people as ignorant and and not knowing who the “baby ...

We need action on health care

On June 26, the Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ripping away the ACA’s coverage and consumer protections without a replacement plan is irresponsible. Overturning the ACA would eliminate health insurance for more than 20 million ...

U.S. flag at half-staff

As a veteran, I suppose I am more sensitive than other folks as to how and when our nation’s flag is displayed, particularly when it is inappropriately displayed at half-staff. Too often, the death of a local official is acknowledged by lowering the U.S. flag to honor the life of the deceased ...

Love and kindness

In these days of anger and divisiveness among so many, it is good to know there are still those around us who are loving, generous and compassionate. I can say this honestly because I have been and still am the recipient of these blessings. I am a 91-year-old Korean War veteran who is ...

The reason

It is my belief that the reason why Donald Trump focuses so much on the lifestyle, social, “identity-politics” and “culture-wars” issues while focusing much less on the economic, financial, bread-and-butter and kitchen-table issues (which I focus on) is because research clearly shows ...

We’ll get Covid-19 right … eventually

Like Mark Twain and Yogi Berra, Churchill probably didn’t say half the things he’s supposed to have said. In any event, Churchill is supposed to have said: “Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else.” Well, whoever said it, the saying applies ...

Democrats dropped the ball on COVID-19 virus

I am tired of the Democrats complaining that President Trump did not do enough or act fast enough on the COVID-19 Virus. Back in December of 2019, the President tried to restrict air traffic from China and the Democrats called him a xenophobe and a racist. In January and February, the ...

America, the land of exceptionalism

I believe many Americans feel they are not accorded their right as American citizens to live at the top of the heap in this world. Still, people from many parts of the world come here penniless and own their own homes within a short period of time. How does that happen? I’ve lived among ...

African American vernacular English

The United States is home to a wide range of dialects. One of them is African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Like any other dialect, it comes with its own vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation rules, and some of those features are actually shared with other dialects and languages. ...

The real tragedies

I have to commend Presidential Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for chastising the White House reporters during a recent press conference. Apparently all the White House reporters were interested in that day, just after the 4th of July holiday weekend, was asking questions about the White House’s ...

The making of history

I write this knowing full well that there are those who know the discipline of history far better than I. But having earned my living teaching it at USMA (West Point, New York) and at the Army’s Command and General Staff College (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas), watching my president play the ...

Oh come on

Seriously? Now people are attacking Mrs. Butterworth, Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. Good grief, is nothing sacred to anyone anymore? What’s next, Little Miss Sunshine on Sunbeam bread packages? How about Little Debbie? How about pictures on dog and cat food containers and bags — are they ...

Worried about the U.S.A.

I haven’t contributed one of these letters in years but the current condition of our country is weighing very heavily on my heart. I’m now retired, grew up in the 50s in a segregated housing project in a small Pennsylvania city, not Williamsport. Never knew that I was poor. We all ...

Local Walmart can do more to enforce mask wearing

MARGARET MOORE Bellefonte About two weeks ago, a headline in The Express read, “Masks Required,” mandated by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Apparently, the Mill Hall Walmart failed to get the paper that day. Recently, my husband and I decided to go to the Mill Hall Walmart store ...